Only God is truly
righteous. No matter how many good works we do on earth, we can never
earn righteousness. Our own sin cannot be erased by racking up any amount
of good deeds - the sin is still there regardless of the good deeds.
Thankfully, God's program of righteousness for the followers of Jesus
Christ is based on faith and not merit, and while we can never earn
righteousness, Christ's followers are made righteous
by God, the source of righteousness, as a merciful and great gift. This
greastest gift was paid for by Jesus Christ on the cross as a once-for-all
sacrifice. The sins of those that believe are erased by the sacrifice
of the sinless Christ, and Christ's righteousness is counted to us.
The good news is
that this gift is available freely to all who believe. No sin is too
foul, and no amount of sin is too great. Without this gift all are guilty,
and with this gift each is made righteous.
5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that
we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (NKJV)
3:9 ...not having my own righteousness, which is from the law,
but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is
from God by faith. (NKJV)
Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My
soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments
of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness... (NKJV)
Jesus' death was not the
result of his earthly trial, but was actually the fulfillment of his purpose
in coming to earth as a man - so that he could serve as a perfect once-for-all
sacrifice for all of us. He told others of his imminent crucifixion and the
necessity of it, and he accepted the pain and suffering that he knew would result.
But because he bore this cost on the cross, the cost of our sins, all that is
now required of us to have eternal life is faith in Him. Faith that he is the
Messiah, the Son of God, that he rose from the dead, and that his self-sacrifice
covers all of our sins, no matter how awful they may be.
A simple way to express
this faith and accept Christ is through prayer, telling God what you believe.
The links below are to churches and ministries of many denominations, across
the United States and around the world, with examples of prayers to tell God
you now believe in Jesus and accept Him as your savior. If you check them out
you'll notice strong similarities in them despite the denominational differences
because accepting Christ, or professing your belief in Christ and in the power
of His shed blood to pay the price for your sins, isn't a denominational
issue, it's a biblical calling. The exact wording of the prayers isn't important
- what matters is that you really believe in your heart that Jesus is the Son
of God who was crucified and rose from the dead, and in doing this, Jesus paid
the penalty for your sins instead of you. He is literally your savior - He saves
you from bearing the penalty of your own sins, which is death, and provides
eternal life instead. If you believe these things, we encourage you to tell
God this in your own words, or through a prayer in a link below:
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